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https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

New to Duolingo, any tips?

Hey, I'm new to Duolingo, a friend recommended it to me. Any tips on language learning, or any general things about Duolingo I should know?


Thanks,

Chloe L.

2 years ago

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

hello Chloe!!!! It's nice to see new faces on Duolingo. I am Pink(it's my nickname) and Welcome to Duolingo! hope you have a lot of fun here! Here are some tips:

  1. You have your basic blue tab: Home, words Activity, discussion, and Immersion. Pretty simple

  2. I would say since you are new go for learning 1 language right now, then as you get to know the site, you can do more.

  3. Here are the Duolingo Guidelines, these are very important here on Duolingo, so be sure to look at them: https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines.

  4. There are Moderators and Admins here on Duolingo. They are both here to help you. If you have any questions that people can't answer, just go to one of them. 1 Moderator is: Usagiboy7 and an Admin is: vivisaurus.

here are some lingots for the lingot store. they are very useful and can buy you Streak freezes, bonus skills, and more.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I don't know if there's maybe a glitch with your username too, but when I first look at your comments it appears as sktomasetti. But when I upvote your comments, it appears as pinkreadergirl. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

ok that's very weird. It happens to me too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Yes, I meant you. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

there it should work now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

nope.it keeps doing it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

yeah that happnede to me too

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

happened

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

yes

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chats_Chiens

really

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

I meant that it does the same thing for me on my account. although i just noticed it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chats_Chiens

this happens to most

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Hi everyone. You are all saying such great things here !
Re the glitch - yes it is a known glitch when you change your username, and has already had reports submitted to Troubleshooting.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

Would this glitch go away if you changed your username to the old one? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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That is a good question. I do not know myself. If someone could be willing to try that out,
As in whether it does or does not.
For whatever the behavior is - it is a great observation that might help track it down.
And then I will do my best to see that information is also hooked to the report on this glitch.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

i will try it out and see if it works! then ill get back to you on it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thank you! I'm still sort of confused about Immersion. How does that work?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Immersion allows you to practice your German skills by translating Wikipedia articles, and the like. You can get upvotes on your correct translations, and build up to a lot of XP.

Here is the Duolingo Wikia article on imerssion

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

hey you guys stole my answer! xD ;P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Basically, it's a tab that gives you access to real-world articles that you can translate. You can also view and make improvements on other's translations, and upload articles yourself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

hey you guys stole my answer xD

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Doesn't everyone get a chance? :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

yeah, i was just messing with them. ;P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Ok, thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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Haha, you're welcome. You'll find the community here can be pretty awesome at times... :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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First of all, welcome to Duolingo!

Tips about language learning...the main one is commitment, and practicing. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to remember words, phrases and concepts. Eventually your target language will become second nature.

Also, it's important to remember that Duolingo does not take you all the way to complete fluency. For that, I would recommend that you get some easy books in your target language, and it is also very helpful to practice having real-world conversations with other speakers of your target language. Dictionaries are also incredibly useful once you've mastered some of the more advanced concepts.

That said, you can expect a lot from Duolingo. Speaking as a user for almost 4 years, I have not been disappointed. What it does, it does well, and when you finish your tree you will be able to have, say, a nice conversation over coffee in your target language.

If you're into formatting codes, have a look at this awesome post by Hyllning.

You will probably hear something about lingots now and again; they are they official Duolingo virtual currency that you can use to buy certain items in the Lingot Store (available through your home screen). Here are 50 to get you started.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any additional questions.

Happy learning!!!

~Ddesgagne

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Oh my god, that's a lot! Thank you for the tips :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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No worries. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oseitutu

That was a nice overview. You are also very kind with your lingots so have one from me as a thank you for the new user.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Hi! Welcome to Duolingo. Duolog offers a lot of languages, and is really a great way to learn a language.

First, I recommend you have a look at the guidlines. They will give you a helpful look about the rules in the forums and community.

Second, consider bookmarking theUnoffical but still amazing Duolingo Wiki. This will answer a lot of your possible questions.

If you have other questions, don't hesitate to ask. What language do you want to learn?

Happy learning!

(Here's a couple of lingots to start you off, there's a lot of cool stuff you can get in thelingot store, like Timed Practice, which gives you a fun review. IT works for all languages, and infinitely, for 10 lingots, which you can earn (look at the bottom of the lingot store page for ways to earn them I see another kind user gave you 50, so I'll make that an even 100, with 50 more. As you progress, lingots wills tart to pile up, so it's great to give them to others).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thanks :) I'm learning German. Everyone is giving me lingots, so awesome :) This isn't spam though, right? ...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teenage_Polyglot

Not at all! Spam would be a gibberish post (like sdgasg), or something completely unrelated to Duolingo. If you do accidentally step outside the guidelines, don't worry, a moderator will correct you, and as long as you are respectful, and listen to their advice, you'll do great.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Ok, thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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No, this is certainly not spam. ;) If you ever find yourself wondering about what not to post, you can have a look at the Guidelines. Don't worry too much about it though; this post is far from being spam.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

welcome to Duolingo chloe! things you should know:

  • don't spam (otherwise you might get in real trouble)

  • be nice

  • Duolingo is here to learn a language, not for social media (you should learn your language more than chat)

  • follow the guidelines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <- (click on the word "guidelines")

  • if you need help, click here -> help

follow for follow? :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

WHY HAS CHLOE IGNORED THIS? SHE REPLIED TO EVERY OTHER COMMENT EXCEPT MINE! WHATS WRONG WITH IT!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ivyfluff
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Hey there! I would say just keep it up, it is really helpful to do a bit every day (although I keep losing my streaks) and set a daily exp target that is manageable for you!

Good luck with your language learning! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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I am glad to meet you Chloe! Welcome to Duolingo. I'll give you ten lingots to start you off. :D

You'll meet a lot of nice people in the Duolingo community, but watch out for trollers, spammers and people who just happen to be not nice.

So!

  • Stay even with people. (Don't be rude, mean, abusive, etc. . Take a look at the Duolingo guidelines. Thank you very much!

  • Don't get into LONG conversations too often. Duolingo isn't here to chit-chat.

  • Please don't spam! If you do, your post won't be around of long anyway. A Moderator will delete it soon anyway. A moderator has a green ring with a shield symbol on their profile picture. This ring is only shown in discussions. (I think.)

  • If someone needs help, give help!

I think we could be very good friends :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Ok, thank you :) I have 102 lingots already, without doing anything! Thank you so much!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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No, no, no! Ten lingots is nothing. I've got 1725 lingots already!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blahz123
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Hello, and Welcome Chloe! First of all, I would start by just basically making some goals or things you hope to do such as to finish the French course or "Tree" here as an example. From there, just try to progress through the language and try to fool around with it on your own time like to make up sentences from the words you learn, that should encourage you to learn even more. Other than that, just try to do the best you can on that language, enjoy it, and don't give up!

Happy language learning! -Blahz

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thank you! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blahz123
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Yeah you're welcome! and here's a lingot too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kaphinga
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Welcome, Chloe!

The most important thing to do is to practice every day. Don't worry about "cheating." If you need a dictionary or notes, don't hesitate to use these additional resources to help you learn. After a while, you will find that you don't need the extra crutches to get through the lessons.

Also, it's probably best to start with just one language.

Some things that have helped me:

  • A good grammar book. You don't have to have a grammar book to get through a tree, but I find that it makes things easier to have a reference for concepts that I don't understand.

  • Sometimes I make one page cheat sheets for things that I struggle with -- verb tenses, declensions, etc. The exact contents vary with the language -- with Italian I needed help with verb tenses, with Russian I need help with the cases and declensions.

  • Some folks make notes about the vocabulary as they progress through a course, but I have never been motivated enough to do it.

In general, it's best to try to keep your tree reasonably golden as you progress. I rushed through the French course without strengthening the previous exercises, and I regretted it.

As you get toward the middle or end of the tree, it's a good idea to start bringing other resources into the learning process. Try reading books, looking at websites, or watching movies in your target language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/loves_CALLIE

thank you for posting that comment!!!! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SiblingCreature

Hi Chloe,

In case you haven't seen it, many lessons have a tips and notes section, which is available via the website but not via the android app. If there's something confusing about the examples you see in the lessons there's a good chance that the Tips and Notes section may have the answers. The lessons should have a link to these at the top of the screen if you do them on the website, but you can also access them by choosing a skill from the "Home" page and scrolling down on the lesson selection screen.

Also most individual sentences have a discussion thread attached. After you complete an exercise you will have the option of viewing that thread. If you have a question about a particular sentence there's a good chance someone else had the same question before you, and often the answer is already right there in the thread.

Hope this helps. Good luck with your language learning. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chloe.Lukasiak

Thank you :)

2 years ago